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Jun 18, 2007 10:24 AM

The Great Taco Hunt

Reading some of the media reports about the proposed taco truck ban in Salinas, I came across this blog by a self-described taco journalist who has been documenting a LA taco crawl.

So my question is what Chowhounds think of the reports on the blog ... on spot or not?

Should I bookmark it for my next trip to the LA area? Any addtional tips for these trucks?

Seems like some good hints to me ... 50 cent taco for lunch at El Capitan, etc. Nice pictuers and descriptions too.

Gratuitous link: There's a link on the site to someone who documents carneceria art. There's also wonderful details on the mural on Farmer John's processing plant called "Hog Heaven". Food for thought.

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  1. Bandini is a member of this board and posts regularly. While, as with any restaurant review, there are disagreements with his opinions, many of us find the blog invaluable.

    I personally discovered my two favorite taco places, El Taco Llama and Tacos La Fonda, from Bandini's research. Others, I have thought he overrated, including Tacos El Zorro, Big Taco (I think that's the name; it's on Van Nuys Blvd), and even El Parian, which many people will say has the best asada tacos. I have been trying to find the Cesar Chavez truck -- only one of two places to receive the exalted five taco rating -- but it never seems to be where the blog identified it as being.

    I would definitely use the blog as guidance for a trip to LA. He has done some amazing research.

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    1. re: Jwsel

      Thanks. Knowing a Chowhound poster is behind the site helps.

      1. re: Jwsel

        I'm fairly certain I found the place on Cesar Chavez. It isn't a truck. It's a cart with an al pastor wheel and then a table for condiments, drinks, etc. It seems to move around from night to night. The night I found it, it was about two blocks east of Gage on the south side of the street. It was the only cart around there that fit the description, there were a lot of people there to eat, and it was fantastic.

        1. re: Jwsel

          I found El Taco Llama and Tacos La Fonda on Bandini's site too--and they are now my favorites too! The site is on my bookmarks, I'm on it every day hoping for another post. It is just good writing.

          1. re: George

            Same here! I read about El Taco Llama (North Hollywood location) on Bandini's site and love it. My co-workers and I get carne asada tacos at least once a week from there, we are addicted to that place.

        2. Like anything it is 80/20, but damn, this guy has done an amazing blog in just under 2 years. I thing he started in August 05'. I have gotten so many great spots off this blog, I just ate at La Taquiza, by USC, damn that is good eats!

          1. Bandini's blog is topnotch -- good research, writing, and relevance. I might like some places more than he rates them, such as Taqueria Sanchez, but we agree on some of the very best, such as Carnitas Michaocan up on North Broadway. I find it to be the most focused and useful food blog that I follow.

            1. I like the blog. Don't agree with everything Bandini says, but then that shouldn't be the criteria. After all, I don't agree 100% with any of the food critics out there.

              By the way, someone did a Google Maps mashup of the Great Taco Hunt ... anyone know about it or seen it recently?

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                I thought that that guy did a burger map? I would love to get the taco map!

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  There is this taco truck google map that covers both N and S Calif.


              2. I've been to at least five of the trucks he's reviewed and all of the reviews were spot-on.

                Next time you're here, hit a four or five-starrer and you won't be disappointed.